We took up the fight against Ebola

Jennifer Trueland talks to three military nurses about their experiences of caring for people with Ebola in Sierra Leone

Jennifer Trueland talks to three military nurses about their experiences of caring for people with Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Abstract

Following the Ebola outbreak in west Africa last year, UK military nurses joined the international response. Three military nurses who travelled to the crisis zone recall their experiences of working in treatment centres in Sierra Leone to help tackle the spread of the virus.

Sergeant Kay Ward was preparing to have a leisurely breakfast with her parents, who were visiting for the bank holiday weekend. The telephone rang. Would she be able to fly to Sierra Leone to help retrieve a British patient with Ebola and escort them home?

‘I’ve been in the military for 13 years and knew of the high risks involved,’ says Sgt Ward, a senior flight nurse at RAF Brize Norton.

‘I also knew I was not compelled to go. But I had done the training, I was ready and I knew we had a job we needed to do.’

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: 2 September 2015, volume 30, issue 1.

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